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Aha! Adventure - Coghlan Falls, Sk

Dates: Sept 9-16

Cost: $1275 plus gst

Enjoy the emerging fall colors as we paddle to see the spectacular Coghlan Falls in Northern Saskatchewan  The falls are on the Johnson River system and at the end of long Pardoe Lake. It is a hidden gem and drops over 28m in 4 drops. We can hike and explore the area and view all the falls.  We will paddle the length of Pardoe Lake and set up a base camp in which to explore the falls.  A great trip to finish off the paddling season and enjoy the fall colors and the crisp nights with northern lights.

There will be a pre-trip meeting via Zoom.  After you register, you will receive an email when this will occur.  At the pre-trip meeting, you will meet your group and we will discuss clothing selection, food planning, packing techniques, meals and travel logistics.

All of our Aha! Adventure trips are "community catered".  All participants and guides take their turn providing and cooking breakfasts and suppers on the trips. Everyone looks after their own lunches. This is a fun way to share, try new meals and learn how to bake and cook in the backcountry. Guides will help at every meal and give you lots of assistance! 

Prerequisites: You need to have intermediate canoe skills for this trip and be comfortable paddling class 2 rapids and are proficient at doing eddy turns and forward ferries. You should also have a good fitness level for the portages. 

Cancellation Policy:  A $500 non-refundable deposit is required to register. The balance is due 30 days before the trip start date. No refunds on or after this date. We recommend trip cancellation insurance.


Itinerary:

Sept 9- Travel to Rosthern or Missinipe.  You can join the van from Rosthern and travel with the group if you wish.  We will plan to stay in the paddler hostel for night. Try and aim to be there by 7pm to meet the group.  If you are there early, there are restaurant options or you can bring your own food and eat at the hostel.  You will share a small cabin with others from your trip for the night.

Sept 10- Travel 3 hours north in the van to the Johnson River and put in off Hwy 905.  It can be a rough road.  We will do a short paddle to our first campsite and review canoe skills.

Sept 11-13 Paddle to the end of Pardoe Lake and set up a base camp for a few days to explore the falls from. We will have 2 full days to hike around the falls or even portage above the falls to check an upper falls.  We will also have lots of time for fishing.

Sept 14- Paddle back to our first campsite and enjoy the last night on the water.

Sept 15- Paddle out and travel back to Missinipe to enjoy another night at the paddle hostel.

Sept 16- Travel home

Cost Includes:

  • Safety equipment (throwbags, first aid kit, emergency communication)

  • Group camping gear (tarp/ shelter etc.)

  • Group cooking equipment (pots, stoves, utensils, fuel)

  • Experienced and qualified guides

  • All canoe gear (canoes, paddles, pfd's)

  • Camping and permits

Transportation Details:

If you are meeting us in Rosthern, please be here by 1pm on Sept 9.  If you want to meet us in Missinipe, please be there by 7pm and meet us at the Paddler’s hostel.  There is secure parking at Churchill River Canoe outfitters during the trip. 

In order to participate in this trip, you are required to fill out all your registration and medical information.

EMERGENCY EVACUATION AND TRIP CANCELLATION: In rare cases, if you have an emergency and need to be evacuated from the trip, you will be responsible for any extra charges.  The quickest way to get off our remote trips is via floatplane or helicopter and if we contact these companies directly for the quickest service, you will be responsible for the expense.  To ensure that there are no surprises, we recommend that you get evacuation insurance.  An evacuation could be very costly in remote locations, so we recommend that you are covered through your credit card or another plan.  One option available is Tugo Insurance at:  https://www.tugo.com/en/travel-insurance/canadians/.  You may also want to consider purchasing trip cancellation insurance if for some reason (i.e. illness) you are unable to go on the trip.  If cancellation is required at the last minute, you will need to have trip cancellation insurance. This will protect yourself and Aha! Adventures and allow us to offer great trips into the future.